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Two Favorite “Reader Submitted” Pantry Soups

9 Oct Creamy Taco Soup (1)

Sharon in Spanish Fork, UT was kind enough to send me the recipes of two of her family’s favorite soups that just happen to work as food storage, even fast pantry meal options.   Both were (as promised) wonderful soups — I know you’re going to enjoy them!   Btw, I’m feeling envious of you out there who are able to include beans in your plans, as the Creamy Chicken Taco soup was especially easy and delicious.   (Although I’m happy to be able to keep the second one!)

Thanks for sharing these great recipes with us, Sharon!

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“Soup in a Bag” week: Corn Potato Cheddar Chowder

17 May Corn Potato Cheddar

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Last, but certainly not least, we have LeGay who tested out the book “Soup in a Bag” for us.  I’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to all three of our testers this week!!  I know I’ve got some new soup recipes I’m looking forward to trying out.  You guys have been great!!

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My name is LeGay Burrell. I am a stay-at-home Mom to three children ages 17, 10, and 8.  I currently live in Kentucky but I am an Arizona girl, born and raised.  I have this silly obsession with Mason jars.  I love how they look on a shelf, the popping sound they make when they seal… so the idea of meals in a jar is very appealing to me.  Moving to Kentucky, where tornado warnings are not uncommon, has helped me to realize how important it is that I become more organized and prepared to feed my family in an emergency.

I was so excited to receive the Soup in a Bag cookbook! I liked it so much, that I immediately ordered both Bread in a Bag cookbooks to go with it.  I love soups but my three children aren’t big fans.  So, I’ve begun the search for a recipe that will please them.  So far, I’ve managed to try 8 out of the 30 recipes. (My dehydrator has been working overtime.)  Now, instead of the usual, “What’s for dinner?” my kids are asking, “Are we having soup again?” Continue reading

“Soup in a Bag” week: Split Pea Soup

15 May SplitPa

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Today I’m featuring our second tester, Kat’s review of the book “Soup in a Bag” by Pam Emick.  Enjoy!  In other happenings, I thought I’d let you know I was thrilled to be invited to contribute over on Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women’s blog today!!  Fingers crossed that it snags some new readers to get excited about cooking with their food storage!

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Hi, my name is Kat.  I’m the grandma in a three generation household in the Pacific Northwest.  I’ve been putting together our food storage a little bit at a time for quite a while as it’s recommended to do by my church.  It just seems like a great idea, especially with the state of the world today.  I work full time for an accounting firm and have a Stampin’ Up!  business (you’ll find me here), so I actually do very little cooking, but I do try to test a food storage recipe for our family food storage cookbook at least once a week. Continue reading

“Soup in a Bag” week: Potato Cheese Soup

13 May soup in a jar

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It’s “Soup in a Bag” week!!  You’ll remember our search for reviewers of the book “Soup in a Bag” by Pam Emick back in April.  Well, they’ve now tested it out for us, testing a total of 14 recipes!  They did a fabulous job!!  Also, thanks to the book’s author for allowing us to share each tester’s favorite here.

Without further ado, here’s our first reviewer, Julene (you’ll find the other reviews posted on Wed. and Fri).   Julene is also the author of Prepare Today Newsletter.  You can pay her a visit there to find out more of her tips and favorites on the subject of food storage and preparedness!

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Chicken Barley Soup

9 May Chicken Barley Soup (5)

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I’ve got some great “tried and taste tested” content coming up in the next two weeks!  It’s a little different than my “norm” recipe schedule, here there and everywhere (haha!) but I think you’ll like it.

First off, in my second post this week I’ll be posting a compilation of various grocery store ingredient taste tests.  Basically a directory of which brands (of which products) to consider more closely as you’re building your pantry.  This comes as I’ve been collecting this information for a while, trolling various published taste tests and adding up their results. My goal with this post has been to get a better picture of which brand’s products are worth stocking up on versus which ones aren’t.

Secondly, the “Soup in a Bag” reviews are back!!  With the detail in each tester’s trial, I’ve decided to post them each independently M-W-F of next week.  And, best of all, thanks to permission given from the book’s author, each post will include the tester’s favorite recipe for you to try yourself!  Awesome!!  Get ready to enjoy!

Speaking of soup, appropriately enough, swim team just started for my three oldest kids which means the water is freezing and I have kids coming home with blue lips and chattering teeth for the first few weeks.  So you can guess what’s on the menu a lot lately.  This homey soup is the food storage version of this recipe and went over well with everyone, even the five year old.

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Easy Hamburger Soup

28 Mar Easy Hamburger Soup (11)

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A simple to prepare yet hearty soup that easily adapts with food storage ingredients.  As an everyday meal it’s a great “catch-all” for whatever extra veggies you have in the refrigerator to use up!  I like making this recipe in a large batch because we like the leftovers the next day but if it’s too large a recipe for your group you can easily cut it down by half.  Also, remember, you can replace the soup back into your wonder oven after serving if you’re wanting to keep it hot!

Although it simmers for 45 minutes I’ve categorized it as a pantry meal for how simple the preparation is (plus, it easily “packs” as one).  Ten minutes –fifteen if you’re using freeze dried ingredients– and it’s on it’s way!

Serves 10-12

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Thai Coconut Corn Soup

16 Mar Thai Coconut Corn Soup (16)

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After a string of more complicated recipes it’s time to throw in a fast and easy one.  I’ve shortened it’s author-given title here from it’s original  “Nearly-Instant Thai Coconut Corn Soup”, giving you an idea of how easy it is.

About five years ago Vegan.com pulled together a recipe top ten.  They asked the authors of ten popular vegan cookbooks to name their own personal favorite recipe from their book.  This recipe (which I’ve adapted, though not very much) was author Nava Atlas’ favorite from her book Vegan Express.  Made as she wrote it, it’s an ideal “first course” soup.  I added some rice to bulk it up, to serve as a “meal” soup but you can choose leave it without the rice, whichever way you like.   In place of the rice milk (used as a substitute anyway for cow’s milk) I used a can of evaporated milk however if you’re sensitive to milk (or happen to be vegan) this would be an easy reverse switch to make; rice milk, sold in shelf stable containers has a shelf life of about a year.

This soup makes me happy.  It went over well with everyone (including the five year old) and now I’ll get to have a taste of “Thai”, which I can further spice up if I want to, to enjoy in our food storage plan. Continue reading

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